To examine all aspects of pollution, cause and steps to check

A week after the World Health Organization report dubbed Delhi as the most polluted city in the world, Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday constituted a high-power committee to look into pollution levels in the city.

As per the mandate, the committee will specifically look into pollution caused by the growing number of vehicles and the pollution levels in Yamuna due to the industrial and sewer waste being flown in the river. The committee has been asked to submit a report in a month.

“The Committee has been asked to examine all aspects of pollution; its cause and steps required to check pollution in the city. The committee is required to suggest both long term and short term measures with viable solutions to tackle the issue,” a statement from the L-G office said.

The Committee will be chaired by the Chief Secretary and will have Special CP (Traffic), Delhi Police; Secretary (Environment); Commissioner (Transport) and Additional Secretary (DPCC) as its members. The committee, however, has been empowered to co-opt members, both from the Government and the private sector, including NGOs.

Post the WHO report, the L-G chaired a meeting over the issue last week after which the departments concerned were directed to take adequate measures to check corruption. Following directions, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee issued notices to 112 stainless steel picking units in Wazirpur industrial area for discharging untreated toxic waste into the Yamuna.